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January 2017

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, January 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Shiny Lights Ft. Chris Lynch & John Eller (Rock) $8

Thursday, January 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snr_2OxLxuo http://www.shinylights.com The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at…

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Honey Bottoms, Matt Latterell & Mike Munson (Roots/Folk) $5

Friday, January 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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https://soundcloud.com/user-916553084 The Honey Bottoms are an up and coming Americana group out of NE Minneapolis, featuring Kyle Shelstad on Guitar and Isaac Sammis on Banjo. - https://mattlatterell.com 2016's Best Songwriter of the Year, Matt Latterell hails from Minnesota and delivers some of the most honest and moving music around in an avant-garde, ear-worm package - think Tom York/Radiohead meets The Beatles. - http://www.mikemunson.net “Munson’s too-good-to-be-true slide guitar and wry delivery give cuts an irresistible swagger.” Hymies Vintage Records, Minneapolis…

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High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, January 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvY9LTCLP4 Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are…

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Joe Carey ‘Comeback’ CD Release Party with Jessica Carey (Folk Rock) $6

Saturday, January 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.joecareymusic.com Minnesota-based singer-songwriter Joe Carey has been making rock and roll noise for over three decades. It all started in St. Paul where, at the age of 10, he’d gotten his first guitar as a gift from jolly ol’ Santy Claus. It was an Eddie Van Halen replica out of the annual Sears holiday catalog. At first, Joe hadn’t a clue how to operate such an instrument but after taking a few lessons here and there and picking up a…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

Sunday, January 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Mississippi Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $5

Sunday, January 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5aRwS-nxY https://www.facebook.com/MississippiHotClub/ Mississippi Hot Club represents the traditional hot club ensemble two la pompe rhythm guitars, upright bass, and the lively improvisation of a solo guitar and violin. Staying true to the 1930s hot club sound, MHC also expands the scope of gypsy jazz with a healthy spread of modern twists. During a live set, you can expect them to play everything from romantic ballads to European folk music to American jazz to Nintendo anthems and science fiction themes. This…

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February 2017

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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A Piano in Every Home Residency ft. Lena Elizabeth (Indie Folk) $5

Thursday, February 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Travis Erickson and Jake Pavek of A Piano In Every Home taught each other how to make music. Through their formative years, the duo wrote, recorded and traveled together. A common thread of musical training, messy affairs, and expeditions through the American West and Asia helped to fill a well of shared experience. Mark Kartarik and Jake Wallenius expanded the roster after the Meridian in late 2013. - https://soundcloud.com/lena-elizabeth-822228477 http://www.lenaelizabeth.com Lena Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis MN, performing her original music…

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Jimmy Peterson, Brad Senne & Sal Inski (Folk) $5

Friday, February 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Straight ahead alt-country and folk rock music. Minneapolis songwriter Jimmy Peterson has played and sang in several local and regional bands including Bellwether, Missing Numbers, and 757s over the last 25 years. Of late, he is performing with Steve Sutherland and Josh Christenson. - https://www.facebook.com/bradsennemusic Songwriter Brad Senne writes and performs heartfelt folk with a touch of the blues. - https://soundcloud.com/sal-inski/looks-like-snow Sal Inski is a singer, songwriter, and inventor. His songs have been recorded by national artists and his music…

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Harbor & Home with Russ Parrish (Indie Folk) $5

Saturday, February 4 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Harbor & Home

http://www.harborandhomemusic.com Harbor and Home is an Indie Rock band based out of Minneapolis MN. With rich soulful vocals and tight harmonies the group offers a versatile sound that fits almost any venue. The band originated out of a group of friends that had played music together for several years and finally formed the group in early 2013. The mission of the band is simple, be a light in the dark. Whatever dark that may be, Harbor and Home will always…

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High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvY9LTCLP4 Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are…

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$15

RIVER ROOM: Adam Levy with Special Guest Jillian Rae (Folk/Rock) $15 Adv / $18 Cash Door

Saturday, February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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DOORS 6pm SHOWTIME 7-9pm $15 ADV TICKETS / $18 CASH DOOR PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS BAR SERVICE ONLY - NO FOOD SERVICE. If you would like to join us for dinner, please make reservations in our Cafe prior to the show at 612-379-3138. There is a cover in affect in our Cafe 9pm for the Harbor & Home show and will be applied to your tab should you join us post River Room show. ADVANCE TICKET SALES END Saturday,…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Twin Cities Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $5

Sunday, February 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn-xE2xmZ24 www.twincitieshotclub.com The Twin Cities Hot Club (TCHC) represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz originally popularized by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. They recreate not only the famous la pompe that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz but also gypsy bossanova, musette, bolero, and swing. TCHC perform this timeless deep-rooted music that is physical, alive and speaks directly to the heart. TCHC formed in September of 2004 and have been sharing…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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Dean Magraw & Dan Newton with Special Guest Pat Donahue (Folk) $6

Thursday, February 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em3sidJYg6c http://www.deanmagraw.com Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has fine-tuned his “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan. His first recording, Broken Silence, came out in 1994 and won the NAIRD award for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year. Dean has since produced myriad passionate albums, including his latest release, Fire on the Nile (Red House Records), a duo collaboration with renowned…

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JoyAnn Parker & Annie Mack (R&B/Blues) $10

Friday, February 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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A meeting of the Musical Minds. Two Gifted Dynamic Performers and Writers of Original Songs that are Real, Melodic and Edgy. This is a show NOT to be missed. https://www.facebook.com/AnnieMackBlues/ http://joyannparker.com/home

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High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvY9LTCLP4 Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are…

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Sister Species, Seasaw & Laska (Indie Folk) $8

Saturday, February 11 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Sister Species https://sisterspecies.bandcamp.com Sister Species is equal parts bitterness and longing, stillness and drive. Perching hearts heavy with ache and desire upon full-bodied guitar and accordion, bass and brass, sisters Abby and Emily Kastrul (P • PL) transform two decades of sibling rivalry into raw, unapologetic, experimental pop songs. The sisters' harmonies amplify a tender candidness, lifted by danceable beats and unexpected trumpet arrangements that make you shiver, swoon, and politely request more. - http://www.singseasaw.com Seasaw is Eve Wilczewski and…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Parisota Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $5

Sunday, February 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQXOjUceznU http://www.parisota.com Specializing in the Gypsy jazz popularized by Django Reinhardt, Parisota Hot Club features founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. The group has evolved from the original quartet of 2002-2004 to a current collective of some of the finest Hot Club musicians in the Twin Cities area.

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$15

RIVER ROOM: Valentine’s Day w/ Billy McLaughlin, Jeff Arundel & The Infamous 70’s Dance Party (Folk) $15

Tuesday, February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Two, intimate sets from Billy McLaughlin and Jeff Arundel, followed by a 70's dance blowout at 9:30pm, dj'd by Billy Mac & JA. Doors: 7pm Music: 8pm Dance Party: 9:30pm http://www.billymclaughlin.com http://www.jeffarundel.com Dinner service in our Cafe will feature dinner specials from our Excecute Chef Drew Ledo! Call 612-379-3138 to make a reservation. A dinner reservation does not grant entrance to the show - a ticket is required. Should the event sell out, a waiting list will be made available…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Twilight Hours Ft. John Munson & Matt Wilson (Folk Rock) $20

Thursday, February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.thetwilighthours.com/music/ We use the word rock loosely, as a descriptor for something that is definitely not anything but rock, but a type of rock that is thoughtful, sometimes introspective, sometimes full of rejoicing. We are grateful for the continued opportunity to rock.

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Sarah Streitz & J. Briozo (of the Swallows) (Roots/Folk) $6

Friday, February 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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www.sarahstreitz.com Rooted in country, rock and the blues, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Sarah Streitz brings an authentic attitude to her music. A former teacher and an artist, Sarah took up the guitar in 2012, started writing songs shortly thereafter and released her first record in 2015. Sarah has performed throughout the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her backing band includes some of Minnesota’s finest sidemen. A follow up recording project is currently underway and due out in 2017. - http://swallowthemusic.com/2015/04/09/the-j-briozo-project/ J.…

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High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvY9LTCLP4 Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are…

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MT Foyer & Nethan (Vintage Pop/Indie Rock) $6

Saturday, February 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://mtfoyer.bandcamp.com Pop Rock from yours truly. Sincerely, M. T. Foyer - https://nethan.bandpage.com Indie Rock – Minneapolis band releasing their first official EP gathered from songs performed at 7th St. Entry and Amsterdam Hall. Four white twenty-some year old males: One of them is a bad person, two of them are nihilists, two of them are alcoholics and all of them make it look good. Fans categorize the music somewhere near the Black Keys or The Cold War Kids but Nethan…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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The Gentleman’s Anti-Temperence League (Gypsy Jazz) $5

Sunday, February 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOzCJOhRI5g http://www.thegatl.com Drawing their influence from almost a century of American music, The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League combines elegant composition, raucous enthusiasm, and virtuosic playing to provide the perfect ambiance for any social event, from comfortable dive bars to chic weddings. Daniel Rosen (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) Daniel was born on a small organic farm in northern Minnesota. He's been writing songs on the guitar since he first set his fingers to strings, and try as he might, he can't seem to…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Shiny Lights Ft. Chris Lynch & John Eller (Rock) $8

Thursday, February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snr_2OxLxuo http://www.shinylights.com The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at…

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The Lowland Lakers & Kari Arnett (Americana) $6

Friday, February 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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THE Lowland Lakers are a midwest folk three-piece, rich in vocal harmonies. "The Lowland Lakers have a certain relaxed charm to their sound that is respectable. They aren’t looking to blow the listener away with overstuffed arrangements or busy performances." Tony Bennett, The Duluth News Tribune http://www.thelowlandlakers.com - www.kariarnett.com Kari Arnett is an Americana singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis. Drawing lyrics from hard life experiences, Arnett's focus was to connect to other's through song. While her lyrics are poignant, honest and…

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High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvY9LTCLP4 Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are…

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RIVER ROOM: An Evening with Ari Herstand & Chris Koza (Nu Folk) $10 Adv / Door

Saturday, February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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DOORS 6pm SHOWTIME 7-9pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG8r4OTSraA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJQno0aTs7g Ari Herstand has admired Chris Koza's songwriting prowess for most of his adult life. As a former Minneapolitan, Herstand was always a few venues behind Koza in his pursuit for local fame. Eventually Herstand and Koza were trading off headlining the Varsity Theater right before Herstand moved on to soak up the rays of Los Angeles in 2010. He returned to Minneapolis for a couple months in the Spring of 2012 to work with…

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New Primitives (World Pop/Reggae) $5

Saturday, February 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exAHhcCVZWE http://www.newprimitives.com Turn up the heat mid-winter with New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music. New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band." The New Primitive sound is also composed of ska, rock, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

Sunday, February 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Parisota Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $5

Sunday, February 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQXOjUceznU http://www.parisota.com Specializing in the Gypsy jazz popularized by Django Reinhardt, Parisota Hot Club features founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. The group has evolved from the original quartet of 2002-2004 to a current collective of some of the finest Hot Club musicians in the Twin Cities area.

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March 2017

A Piano in Every Home Residency ft. Ben Burwell of Taj Raj (Indie Folk) $5

Thursday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Travis Erickson and Jake Pavek of A Piano In Every Home taught each other how to make music. Through their formative years, the duo wrote, recorded and traveled together. A common thread of musical training, messy affairs, and expeditions through the American West and Asia helped to fill a well of shared experience. Mark Kartarik and Jake Wallenius expanded the roster after the Meridian in late 2013. - https://soundcloud.com/turbo-pastel Ben Burwell of Taj Raj performs songs from his new project, Turbo Pastel!

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RIVER ROOM: Dan Navarro $15 Adv / Cash Door

Wednesday, March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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DOORS 7PM SHOWTIME 8PM-10PM http://www.dannavarro.com For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career... It was as a songwriter that Dan Navarro started his career, mostly in collaboration with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...…

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John Hermanson (Storyhill) & Jonathan Byrd (Folk) $15

Thursday, March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://johnhermanson.net https://johnhermanson.bandcamp.com/ Singer-songwriter John is a member of the acclaimed duo Storyhill, a regular guest performer on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. The duo has a loyal following, produces a thriving annual music festival, and has independently sold over 250,000 records during the course of a 25-year career. John is also the founder of the art rock band Alva Star, and was a member of the indie-rock group, The Hopefuls. Hermanson is a co-owner of Egg Music, a full-service creative…

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St. Paddy’s Day with Belfast Cowboys (Van Morrison Tribute / Rock) $20

Friday, March 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.belfastcowboys.com This nine-piece band has been playing in and around Minnesota since 2002, specializing in the music of Van Morrison. It is also the papa group to St Dominic's Trio. The band's first show was on St Patrick's Day, 2002. In December, 2008 The Belfast Cowboys and St Dominic's Trio released debut CDs. In August, 2009, The Cowboys headlined at BB King's Blues bar in Times Square, New York. In July, 2010, the Cowboys played a three hour opening set…

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New Primitives (World Pop/Reggae) $5

Saturday, March 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exAHhcCVZWE http://www.newprimitives.com Turn up the heat mid-winter with New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music. New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band." The New Primitive sound is also composed of ska, rock, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean…

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The Shiny Lights Ft. Chris Lynch & John Eller (Rock) $8

Thursday, March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snr_2OxLxuo http://www.shinylights.com The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at…

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April 2017

The Twilight Hours Ft. John Munson & Matt Wilson (Folk Rock) $20

Thursday, April 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.thetwilighthours.com/music/ 'We use the word rock loosely, as a descriptor for something that is definitely not anything but rock, but a type of rock that is thoughtful, sometimes introspective, sometimes full of rejoicing. We are grateful for the continued opportunity to rock.' Matt Wilson and John Munson have been playing music together off and on for about twenty years. They started tasted some success with their psychedelic, and flowery pop band Trip Shakespeare, which also featured Matt's brother Dan (who…

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